I had evaluation done by my mentor on Duke and Tuck essays yesterday. The result - ripped off
1st essay - Very coherent and message is clear. Just adjust two paragraphs and all set.
2nd essay - Very generic. Non impacting. Will be warded off by adcom. We then discussed on this and had a long conversation. Have to re-write the whole essay... Bah :(
3rd essay - Need to make a proper flow of the paragraphs. Right now it just looks like few bullet points. Also suggested few things that seemed pretty interesting.
1st essay - Similar to Duke minus the word limit relaxation. Will work on it next time.
2nd essay - We discussed many stories and he recommended on one, which seemed different. Will start writing on it
3rd essay - I was sure that he would love it. Trashed!!! He said that it would look good if you applying for an Asian school, but not for a US school. As per him the impact is not great. We then discussed on few stories and decided on one. Will have to re-write this one again.
4th essay - Same problem as of Duke. Re-write it.
In short, this review was an eye-opener, but the worst part is that have to begin everything from scratch (especially Tuck).
Damn these essays are killing me :-|